Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

The AyitiCommunity Trust (ACT) is the country’s first endowed fund, building on Haiti’s assets and driven by Haitians’ local needs while providing resources for sustainable solutions. ACT is registered in Haiti and operates as a grant-making community foundation. In 2020, ACT will distribute a total of $50,000 in grant funding to one or more organizations that are in alignment with our focus. We seek to support those that are re-writing the Haitian narrative from one of deficits to one of assets within three interconnected pillars: environment, entrepreneurship, and civic education. We are particularly interested in entrepreneurial approaches to preserving Haiti’s environment while contributing to civic discourse that promotes peace and collaboration.

Mandatory Requirements

Stage 2: Research & Development, Stage 3: Proof of Concept, Stage 4: Transition to Scale and Stage 5: Scaling
Focus Areas
Entrepreneurship (Economic Growth and Trade)
Citizen Participation (Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance)
Show proof of registration in Haiti
Work in at least one of the three content areas

ACT’s Three Pillars

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries
Preference will be given to organizations that:
  • articulate root causes and how the intervention impacts them
  • Integrate more than one content area (environment, entrepreneurship, civic education) in proposed program/project
Planned Usage of Funds
Funds should be used for the following purposes:
  • Start-up of a program with a promising new approach
  • Capital – Building, equipment, or materials
  • Operating capital for scale-up of a proven concept/project
  • General Operating Support
  • Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance
  • Reasonable indirect costs for program/project implementation
Management Team
Preference will be given to organizations thatare Haitian-led organizations based in Haiti e.g. a majority of the Board and Executive leadership is Haitian. Exceptions may be made for organizations that have a track record of empowering Haitians as the change agents
Potential for Scale
Preference will be given to organizations that have:
  • organizational capacity including sustainability of other funding sources and ability to collaborate with other partners including government
  • a track record of making an impact in ACT’s focus areas and where a grant from ACT would make a significant difference
Financial Statements
Preference will be given to organizations that request grants that do not exceed 50% of their overall budget.
Past Impact Evaluation
Preference will be given to an organization that have a track record of sustainable and measurable outcomes
Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan
Preference will be given to organizations that have a scope of impact demonstrated by measurable outcomes (e.g.Numbers of people served/impacted or geographic scope)
Ineligible projects/purposes:
  • Short-term Relief Efforts
  • Scholarships
  • Research
  • Individuals
  • Endowments
  • Memorials
  • Events
  • Membership
  • Annual Campaigns
  • Reduction of deficits
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